Virgin Galactic: First Space Tourism Flight

Virgin Galactic is an American spaceflight company that has captured the imagination of both space enthusiasts and curious minds alike. Founded by Richard Branson and the Virgin Group conglomerate in 2004, with its headquarters in California and operational facility in New Mexico.

At the core of Virgin Galactic’s mission is the development of commercial spacecrafts, with a goal to offer suborbital spaceflights to space tourists.

Image of Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane in motion. Source: CNN

According to CNN, the company recently launched a commercial flight into space carrying 3 customers for a 1-hour journey above the earth’s surface. The VSS Unity is the rocket-propelled spaceplane that was on board a bigger VMS Eve mothership.

VMS Eve took off from Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico spaceport, flying up to 40,000 feet before releasing the VSS Unity that had the passengers within, the smaller vessel then journeyed more than 50 miles in space before beginning its descent to earth.

The report further states that the company will be looking towards its list of pending customers that have previously purchased tickets for the trip, with mentions of some tickets costing $250,000 USD and others as much as $450,000 USD.

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